A business which failed to pay its employees the minimum wage
and chose to pay workers in beer on Saturdays has been
ordered to pay a former employee more than $12,000.
SN Windows and Doors Ltd in Auckland hired Kinikinilau Uasike
in January 2013.
For six months, Mr Uasike was paid less than the minimum wage
for his work as a joiner for the company.
He was dismissed when he was told there was no more work
available for him, and he was handed $80.
He took his claim of unfair dismissal and pay arrears to the
Employment Relations Authority.
Authority member Rachel Larmer said in her determination that
it was obvious SN Windows and Doors Ltd had not kept accurate
wage and time records, and even paid some staff with "a few
beers" when they worked on Saturdays.
"This forms a picture of an employer that is not observing
the statutory requirements which apply to all employers in
New Zealand," she said in the determination.
Mr Uasike was paid nearly $5000 less than the minimum wage by
the time he was dismissed.
The authority found SN Windows and Doors Ltd couldn't justify
the dismissal of Mr Uasike, and were ordered to pay him
$12,360.25 for the unfair dismissal and pay arrears
accumulated over the six months he worked for the company.
- Sophie Ryan of APNZ